DaSilva, Harding silence Volcanoe

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Joshua DaSilva struck a maiden hundred in only his third List A appearance as West Indies Emerging Players produced a polished all-round performance to stun Windward Islands Volcanoes by 107 runs in the Regional Super50 Cup here Monday.The 21-year-old right-hander gathered an unbeaten 103 off 124 deliveries as Emerging Players, opting to bat first at the Brian Lara Stadium, piled up 261 for three off their 50 overs.Left-hander Gidron Pope hit exactly 50, Roland Cato carved out a pulsating unbeaten 49 off just 29 balls while Justin Greaves chipped in with a valuable 46.Fast bowler Keon Harding then snatched four for 45 and new-ball partner Kevin Sinclair, three for19, to wreck the Volcanoes innings and send it tumbling to 154 all out off 38 overs.Shane Shillingford, batting at number nine, resisted with an unbeaten 41 while number eight Kerron Cottoy got 33, but Kavem Hodge with 28 was the only specialist batsman to pass 10.The victory, their second in three matches, put Emerging Players in a three-way tie on eight points in Group B but they lie third behind hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Guyana Jaguars on net run rate.Volcanoes, meanwhile, are rock bottom without a win in two outings, following their opening defeat to Red Force.DaSilva took centre stage over the first 50 overs, hitting eight fours and two fours as he inspired a series of partnerships to put his side in the ascendancy.He lost opening partner Kimani Melius in the third over for 10 with as many runs on the board but put on 89 with Pope for the second wicket and a further 96 for the third wicket with Greaves.Pope faced 70 balls and struck seven fours and a six while Greaves counted five fours in a 63-ball innings.When Greaves was bowled by medium pacer Bhaskar Yadram in the 44th over, Cato arrived to inflict more misery on Volcanoes smashing a four and five sixes in an unbroken fourth stand with DaSilva worth 66.DaSilva eventually reached three figures in the penultimate over with a single to deep point off fast bowler Sherman Lewis.Emerging Players then maintained their dominance through Harding and Sinclair who combined to wipe out Volcanoes’ top order to reduce the innings to 45 for six in the 11th over.Hodge and Cottoy put on 26 for the seventh wicket before Cottoy and Shillingford added a further 51 for the eighth, but Harding returned to claim the last two wickets and give Emerging Players an emphatic win.last_img read more

Healthy, rested and ready: Sharks’ Erik Karlsson set for 2019 preseason debut

first_imgSAN JOSE — It’s been a while since anyone has seen a healthy Erik Karlsson skate in a game at SAP Center. About eight months, to be more exact.That’s what will happen Thursday as Karlsson will make his 2019 preseason debut with the Sharks hosting the Calgary Flames in their next to last game on the exhibition schedule.Karlsson will be paired with Brenden Dillon as the Sharks are expected to dress nearly a full regular season-type lineup. Goalie Martin Jones, defenseman Brent Burns and …last_img

USDA seeks applications for grants to help socially disadvantaged rural businesses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Administrator Sam Rikkers announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants to provide assistance to socially-disadvantaged business groups in rural areas.“Rural America is an incredibly diverse place with many types of businesses and business owners participating in the economy,” Rikkers said. “This funding will give small, rural businesses the technical assistance they need to compete in the global marketplace.”The funding is being provided through the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program. USDA provides grants to local cooperatives and other organizations that provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Examples of technical assistance include providing leadership training, conducting feasibility studies and developing business and strategic plans.Recipients eligible for these grants include groups of cooperatives, individual cooperatives and cooperative development centers that serve socially-disadvantaged groups. The cooperatives or development centers can be based in any area, but the groups that receive technical assistance must be located in an eligible rural area. USDA is encouraging applications for projects in census tracts with poverty rates of 20% or higher.USDA is making $3 million in grants available. The maximum award a recipient may receive is $175,000. All grants are awarded through a national competition. More information on how to apply can be found on page 36254 of the June 6, 2016 Federal Register. Applications must be submitted by August 5, 2016, or electronically by August 1, 2016.USDA awarded 126 grants totaling $19.5 million through the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program between 2009 and 2015.Past recipients of these grants have been able to make life-changing improvements in rural areas. For example, in 2013, the Southern California Focus on Cooperation received a $200,000 SDGG grant to provide technical assistance to 95 immigrant and minority farmers. The technical assistance helped the farmers improve their productive capacity, helped them better manage their cooperative business and increased their revenue. Many of the farmers helped by this project had spent years suffering from persecution and oppression and had had no access to formal schooling in their native lands.last_img read more

How to Sell Green Products to Builders and Remodelers

first_imgAs you know I recently returned from speaking to over 400 sales professionals at two different companies. The first company is a multi-state regional retailer of building products. The second company is a national green products manufacturer/installer. Both groups sold directly to builders/remodelers and both groups wanted to learn more about green building for themselves and also what resources they could share with their builders who wanted to become greener.Isn’t that interesting? They wanted to learn about resources that would benefit their builders who also wanted to learn green. That desire to help their customers is what brought me to them after all. It was a chance to help them in their business, which I knew would ultimately help me in mine. To that at end I gave them all a “To-Do” List of items to accomplish in the year ahead to help them reach their goals. Items I believe will increase their sales and make their customers stronger! In no particular order I recommended the following 11 ideas:1. Know your product & your competition. As a green builder I regularly know more about a salesperson’s product than they do. If you are a vendor selling green, learn your stuff as well as you know the old sticks and bricks. Learn how it stacks up to the competition before you come calling on me. Practice at home, not in my office.2. Learn about basic building science. That means know how what you are selling fits into they larger system of which it is a part. Maybe that’s a wall or floor system. Perhaps the thermal envelope or drainage plane. Just know it.3. Keep it simple. No two hour presentation please. Just the basics. Think green lists. Where does it fit? Show me fast, then follow my lead if more detail is warranted.4. Never, ever email a proposal. No matter how much I kick and scream, insist on bringing it to me and walking me through it. Don’t expect or ask for a signed contract but don’t let me off the hook either — make sure I understand what you quoted.5. Address my fears. Lots of new stuff on the market that I am afraid could get me in trouble. Leverage that. Explain how you will keep my butt out of court and my client happy.6. Sell to the ego. We all have one so don’t ignore it. Peer pressure can be a wonderful motivator and since nobody wants to be left behind, assure me that by using what you are selling not only will I not be left behind my competition, I will remain out in front of them.7. Throw out your stereotypes of green building and green builders. It doesn’t matter if I am (or you think I am) a tree hugging, Sierra Club loving vegetarian, if you want my Green (or my clients) you best learn that those stereotypes are fast becoming obsolete. Red or blue, we are all buying green!8. Remain generous in partnering on legit green homes. Just because your builder wants a sweet deal doesn’t mean you should give it. Save your sponsorships and underwriting for unique, professionally designed and built, nationally certified green homes. Do not settle for anything less!9. Get your CGP designation. Where else will you get to spend three straight days sitting in a room with potential clients from 9 to 5? I mean a room full of builders and remodelers for three straight days, this should be a no-brainer!10. Learn LEED for Homes & National Green Building Standard (ANSI 700). If you need an explanation here, begin in GBA’s Green building Encyclopedia Green Rating Systems section11. Believe it!a. Green ain’t going awayb. Obsolete building practices are historyc. 3rd party inspection are the wave of the futured. Green does not have to cost moreI hope you can write your own list and take the time to sit down with your key business partners and do some sharing, some strategic planning together. Whether these partners are suppliers, trade contractors or manufacturer reps is up to you. But I believe if you share your insights and wisdom on how they can make their business greener, it will ultimately makes your greener as well!last_img read more

FEU escapes Ateneo, lives to fight another day for UAAP finals berth

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Organizers taken aback by demand for women’s World Cup tickets Heather Guino-o topscored with 17 points to power FEU which is on the verge of pulling a big reversal over Ateneo which has dominated all season.The Lady Tamaraws could only score one in attacks in the opening set but came back stronger to even take a two-sets to one lead. But the Lady Tamaraws once again lagged behind in the fourth, allowing the Lady Eagles to force a fifth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut with the Lady Eagles ahead, 5-3, the Lady Tamaraws unleashed a 12-3 windup to force the rubber match on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Far Eastern University survived a turbulent opening set to repulse Ateneo, 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8, Saturday night to force a Final Four decider in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena.Marching to its own beat against the top semifinalists, the Lady Tamaraws leaned on scrappy plays and determination to come to just within a win of making it back to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more